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Tuesday
Jan082013

Never shave or wax again with the Philips Satinelle

Waxing was my favorite way to get rid of body hair, but most days I just shaved and called it a day. I don't really have time to drop by a waxing salon for an hour or so (including travel time), and besides it can be expensive if you must get it done twice a month. That comes down to P1,200 a month at a modest salon ha! I can buy better things with that money than getting rid of my leg hair, truth be told.

So, I embarked on a casual online hunt for electric hair epilators. Basically it looks like a razor but instead of cutting the hair close to the skin, the gadget pulls out each hair. Sounds like torture? Eh, depends on your pain tolerance. I'll discuss that later.

What is this sorcery and where can one buy it

I didn't know there were electric epilators available locally. The blog posts I've seen about it all talk about getting one abroad, or via pre-order. Clearly, my Google-fu needs improvement. Imagine my surprise when I saw one in Watsons Mall of Asia (SM department store area) a couple of weeks ago! I was actually checking out Baby Bliss hair curlers when, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted the mythical epilator. I knew I was going home with it, no questions asked!

Well there were questions asked because the first one I saw cost almost P5,000 I think. Haha. Good thing I rummaged behind the box to look for other models; the boxes look alike. The one I bought, the Philips Satinelle HP6400, is only P2,299. That's super affordable for something I absolutely need! Like toothbrushes!

How to use an epilator

Okay so on to the usage. The Philips epilator is fairly idiot-proof to use although you will need to practice. To start off, your hair should be a comfortable 5mm so that the pluckers have something to grab on to. Have a towel on hand to brush up your hair so they would stand on end (easier for the epilator to grab). 

You must hold the epilator at a 90-degree angle from your skin - no need to push it onto the skin, it should just hover close to the surface for a few seconds. You'll feel the hair being plucked out neatly while you hold it in one place.

Do NOT keep it in one place for long (like over five seconds), and never let it get too close to the skin while at it. It will sting. Not enough to cause any real pain or god forbid, wounds, but I hope no one finds out. It's so awkward to go to the hospital with welts and wounds on your legs and explain to the doctor "I WAS PULLING HAIR FROM MY LEGS OH GOSH WHAT HAVE I DONE".

Well. It shouldn't come to that.

How painful is it?

If you're used to waxing your body, using an epilator should be a cinch when it comes to pain. It stings a little as it pulls the hair out but it's nothing unbearable as it does the job quickly. However, if you're not yet desensitized from relentless hair-pulling, then this will probably hurt. A lot. Initially. You'll get used to it but be ready! Taking paracetamol 40 minutes before might help.

It also helps to do the deed immediately after you take a bath. Your hair and skin would have already been softened, and your pores, open. Your body hair should be easier to pull out then.

Hairybelles. See that clear strip in the middle? That's where I tested the epilator first.

Hair roots

What hair?

How long will it take for the hair to grow back? Will it be thinner?

My hair leg took almost three weeks to grow back. Not bad right? I also noticed the growth was sparser and thinner since the hair was pulled out by the roots. I will never have to shave or go to a waxing salon again! Seriously, love the savings.

Pop and lock mechanism is easy to operate, useful come cleaning time

Additional tips  

The Satinelle HP6400 is only recommended for legs and armpits. The more expensive model (the one that's almost P5,000) has attachments for facial hair and the bikini area. To clean, simply detach the blade head and rinse under running water. You can probably use a dishwashing fluid to really clean out any stubborn dirt.

After you remove the hair, make sure to apply a heavy, moisturizing lotion on the area to lessen the trauma and dryness the epilator will cause on skin. Scrub after two to three days to prevent ingrown hair. 

So there you go, I hope this review helped! Go forth and stop shaving/waxing. Epilators are the best thing since sliced bread!

Reader Comments (53)

hi liz! great review.

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergeri

I've been looking for a good epilator! This looks great and affordable. Do they let you test it in store?

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEula

Wow! I think i have to save up for one of these. Thanks for the detailed review/explanation on how epilators work Ms. Liz. Great help!

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBelle B.

@Geri thank you!

@Eula yup they did actually! But they had to open a new box. Hope they clean the units afterwards. The sales lady only has the foggiest idea on what this stuff does!

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

I have a facial hair epilator and it really does it job well. Unfortunately I don't know where to source it because it was only given to me by my uncle from Hong Kong but I swear it's less than 800 php. Naloka ako sa 2,200! Bet ko pa naman sana haha.

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim

I agree, epilators are wonderful. I used to own Epilady (Classic), and it did its job well, even made the hairs on my legs and arms become finer -- until I plugged it into a 220V outlet. I've been waiting for Epilady to be available in the Philippines. Looks like Philips Satinelle is a good alternative to Epilady.

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMadel

I have the Philips Satinelle Soft Epilator HP6512 which was around Php4,999 if I can recall correctly and I love it!

I originally wanted to get this one too, but I just had to go for the HP6512 because of all the stuff that came with it, like the exfoliating glove, ice glove-pack to soothe your skin after, and the attachments which includes an electric shaver which I use for my bikini area. :)

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAri

I love how you write! It's so fun and engaging. :))
And this epilator - I MUST HAVE IT! Thanks so much for the great review!

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAsh

Ate, ang mahal naman ng waxing salons that you go to! Lay Bare is cheap, but it is good! I like going there to have my underarm and threading done. It's clean and comfortable also. I was afraid of waxing before, but lay bare ladies are gentle. By gentle, I mean, they pull out the hairs very fast so that you'll only feel the sting for a few milliseconds. :)) Worth it! 150 lang ang underarm, and 350 ata yung legs :) hehe

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

My friend has this too and she convinced me to buy too but I wasn't able to buy. Now I'm more convinced! :D What I do for now is to shave my legs and pluck my UA hairs. Is it just okay? I hope so.

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGen-zel

I'll try this probably when I'm older, hahaa For now, I'll stick to my mom doing at home waxing using Strip It cold wax for me hahah! :D

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January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNadine Co

Hi Ms. Liz! They also have epilators in Anson's appliance store and they have more choices there. That's where I bought mine, but I got the Braun epilator. I have tried and compared the the different brands on my hairy hands, and the Braun one is the least painful. So, being the chicken that I was, I decided to go with Braun. I think the reason why it's less painful is because it comes with a removable roller attachment that massages your skin while you're epilating, and the tweezers are smaller and not arranged on a straight line. But based on your photo, this one works perfectly well too! Should I have been braver, I would have saved a lot of money! :( Don't forget to scrub regularly to avoid ingrown hair! :)

I read somewhere that epilating right after taking a bath is not advisable because since your hair is softer, it has a bigger tendency to break instead of actually be pulled by the roots so I haven't tried epilating after a shower but will definitely try it out next time! What a great purchase! This will save you a lot of money and time!

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYana Tan

Oh my gosh, the famous epilator! I always want to buy one but don't really want to online. So glad you shared this, Ms. Liz. I'm surely going to check this out :)

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

Convincing review! Have to save for it na! Thanks for reviewing ate :)

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElla

Hi Liz! I am a self-confessed laybare addict and I go there twice a month to get rid of my unwanted hairs. I wanted to try these epilators but this "Taking paracetamol 40 minutes before might help." scared me. Lol

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmhy

I first wanted an epilator for my armpits. I heard it does a great job at removing armpit hair. Just remember to also strech the skin first before applying the product to the area (says xteeener, youtube guru). I was kinda scared that it will cause chicken skin (side effect of plucking underarm hair). But seeing the photos of your legs, looks like it doesn't. phew!

Love that your blog also have some tips on how to manage the pain.

When I asked my tita if these are available in the Philippines, she said she saw this exact unit in the department store.

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNikka

Ooohh, I need this! I'm tired of shaving my legs, and they're always stubbly 24 hours after shaving!

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAviva

Oooh, this is a great idea, since sometimes going to the waxing salon is a bit of a hassle especially when you're busy. I must have this! it's a time saver and brilliant!

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPauline P.

OMG! I definitely need this! I mean this is really a useful and convenient tool for me. I'm happy you post this one Liz! Embarrassing but I have long and thick hairs on my legs (I was playing with razors when I was little) and I'm tired going to the waxing salon and wait for couple of minutes until its my turn. I don't want the effects of shaving either which makes the hairs thicker and it grows fast. At least when I need it the most, I could just grab it and do the thing. I think it would make me leg-hair-worry-free!. Good thing i check the blog before I went to sleep. I'm really glad I saw this post and that this one exist. I'm buying this one. :D

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJhenky

I must really visit Watsons MOA. You found your facial hair remover there and now this epilator! They have what I need. I looked for hair removal tools in other Watsons branches but could not find anything suitable for me. Thanks for this post.

@Nikka - I saw an epilator review by xteener and I remember she was using Emjoie. I was won over by her review but when I checked the product, it was compatible only with 110V. So its big disadvantage was that it wasn't dual-voltage hence unsafe to use in the Philippines. Sayang nga. Pero I'm glad that Liz made a review on Philips and specified where she found it.

@Yana Tan - could you tell me at which Anson's branch you found your Braun epilator? Thank you!

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaybelle

Oh gosh! Sorry for the bimbo moment but I actually anticipated negative comments cause I interpreted the title to mean that Philips Satinelle should never be used for waxing or shaving.. Anyway this is my first time encountering this magical tool! Will definitely look into what other brands/models are available locally. Thanks for sharing this discovery.

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHai Yah

Should you have a warm to hot shower so your pores are open? Cold showers tighten your pores and might make it more painful to yank the hairs out?

I saw an ad from Skin Station for lifetime hair removal for cheap and if I lived there I would've definitely bought that to try!

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLorraine

I will endeavor to bring home an epilator when I go to HK next month!

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbeauty_follower

Move over waxing.this one look promising!

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January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFelyn

Thanks to this post, Ms. Liz! I've been a hairy-legged girl (with scars from childhood boo-boos) and I am still hesitant to remove the hairs on my legs... when I read your post, I am thinking of trying to wax my legs because I want to see how it would look like, if some of the scars will still be visible. =D

If ever it looks okay, I'll convince the hubby to get me this awesome epilator! ^__^

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngelamhiere

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